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The Ideal Non-fiction Curriculum
Creating research-based curriculum aligned to common core standards is time-consuming and challenging. Our custom-designed lesson plans show you how to use Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) to address the cognitive impairments of students with an intellectual disability. We love creating this material and have spent the last few years designing units using best practices to make this easy for you. We have created books, lesson plans, printable assignments, flashcards, PowerPoint presentations and more. The very best part, is that you will lead your students with disabilities toward developing to their fullest potential.
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We not only provide the curriculum, but we make sure that you know how to teach it. Our custom-designed lesson plans utilize Specially Designed Instruction to best meet the needs of the students you are working with.
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I was totally blown away by the Austin and Lily “Exceptional News” books. The format is so different than anything I have seen offered elsewhere. It is exactly what a self-contained class with intellectually disabled students of all ranges and abilities can actually use.
After watching the tutorial overview, the visual on how to fold the book and reading the teacher notes, I was eager to start. I liked the teacher’s notes because they aren’t strictly scripted but there are enough ideas to get talking points flowing.
One of my weaknesses as a teacher is that I don’t cover information in a lot of different ways with enough repetition. By following the teaching suggestions, I was able to slow down and stay on one article for the entire week! The four levels served me well within one class. I really enjoyed using this with my class. Most of them had heard about the topics of all three articles. Reading the books on the smartboard with the pictures really initiated a lot of discussion out of my usually silent class. When I showed an actual hurricane and earthquake happening on You Tube, all of my students were engaged and talking. Talk about high interest!
It made me feel good and I felt like my students got a lot out the articles. I can see a lot of thought and work went into each article. Most of my day is teaching math and I really looked forward to reading with my students on current events that are wonderfully age appropriate! Thank you,
In fact, if you’re not 100% satisfied after 30 days of using our materials, you can contact our support team for a full refund – no questions asked.
But we’re confident that it won’t come to that because by 30 days in, you’ll be on your way to empowering your students to achieve their full learning potential.
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